‘I was told to stop Julian Assange if he tried to flee’: on the beat with the UK’s volunteer police

January 10, 2020

Part-time special constables haven’t been in such demand for decades. What makes a lawyer, priest or fast-food worker sign up to fight crime for free? As coronavirus has swept across Britain, special constables have played a central role in enforcing the nationwide lockdown and social distancing rules, as well as responding to emergencies.